I began this journey on September 17th, 2011. I challenged myself not to have any sugar, caffeine, alcohol, or dairy for 30 days straight. Instead, drink 4 liters of water per day, preferably alkaline water, eat many more vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, grains, and a very limited amount of organic poultry. I soon learned that Whole Foods would become my biggest ally. I also learned that trying to be healthy was expensive! I had to keep reminding myself that this was an investment to better myself and improve my life. I eventually made peace with the fact that I’ll have to dig a litter bit deeper in my pockets...
The first 6 days were tough. This was supposed to give me more energy, so why am I feeling so fatigued? My body must have been going through withdrawals because I was feeling like shit and on the verge of giving up.
Things took a turn on day 7 though. I was beginning to feel the change, in a positive way. Before I knew it, I was half way through the 30 days. At that point, I realized that I don’t need coffee to feel alive. I was already alive! My energy levels began to rise, and so did my overall state of being. My mind became more alert and I felt a sense of clarity that I’ve never had before. Towards the end of my journey, certain truths began to slap me in the face. I became so much more aware or everything, enlightened even.
One of the biggest realizations that surfaced was about my recent breakup. I use the term “surfaced” because that’s exactly what happened; it rose from the dead. I’d buried the pain from my break up down within me. I boozed hard, ate shit, and just pretended not to think about it for fear of an emotional breakdown. But once I’d cleansed myself of all of that muck, I realized that the relationship that I was so down and out about was nothing but a façade. It. Was. Not. Real.
Never was it more crystal clear. He was not the one for me. And I was ok with that, but for real this time. I wasn’t just telling myself that. An overwhelming sense of relief came over me. From this relief came happiness. Cue the emotional breakdown I was afraid of. Well, more like emotional breakthrough. These were tears of purity and joy.
That relationship held me back from being my authentic self, so why would I need to hold on to that? I don’t! This new sense of awareness has given me the power to say, “Ok, that failed, and it hurt and it sucks, but it’s OK. Next.”
Today, I continue this alkaline lifestyle in a moderated way that suits me. I highly recommend starting this today. Why wait? What’s holding you back from becoming better?